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The Legends are Atlanta’s new pro football team. But will their league survive to see a second season?
It’s called the Alliance of American Football. It's billed as a spring developmental league for the NFL and an off-season football and gambling fix. But the history of American football is littered with pro leagues that failed. Will the AAF be different?
I moved to Atlanta from Indianapolis in July 2007, just months after the Colts won their first Super Bowl victory. A week later, Michael Vick was indicted. I traded a dynasty for a laughingstock. But hope arrived when Matt Ryan was drafted in 2008.
Arthur Blank turned sixty-five last September, in the middle of the worst year of his professional life. Just weeks before, Michael Vick, the marquee Falcons quarterback around whom Blank had built the team, had pleaded guilty to running a dog-fighting ring out of his home in Virginia.